This week the TSA confiscated a 5 year old’s Buzz Lightyear toy from Disney World. The boy cried as the TSA threw it away. (HT: Toqueville)
The boy’s father, David, said that his son was very excited when his uncle bought him a Buzz Lightyear toy during his first trip to Disney World. That joy was promptly ended however, on the families way back to Pennsylvania at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida.
Deemed a “replica firearm” by the TSA, David says agents took the toy claw out of a carry-on bag and threw it in the trash right in front of his son.
“Once he realized what was happening, that they weren’t giving his toy back, he immediately starts balling, just tears streaming down his face, crying,” David Zilka said. “…Taking a toy from a five year old doesn’t enhance national security.”
It should come as no surprise that the TSA is like the grinch who stole Christmas, they’ve confiscated toy pistols belonging to sock monkeys before too.
I’m not sure if confiscating stuffed toys from children is worse than manipulating screening devices to see passengers naked.
We know that the TSA is completely ineffective at stopping weapons from passing through checkpoints.
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Toqueville)
And that their use of nude-o-scopes has actually been illegal. But what’s a few niceties like the law supposed to matter when the mission is security theater?
The TSA may seem like a big joke, but it’s a joke that gets more power and more funding when people get scared. So it’s important to remember that they aren’t merely ineffective they’re actually harmful to real security.
Update: Title has been modified and one paragraph removed so as not to levy criticisms that are unfair or inaccurate. The case against the TSA rests on its own merits without including erroneous pieces for sure.